R.I.P. PlayStation Home: 2008 - 2015
If the project had proven more successful, this would be an April Fool's Day joke.
But unfortunately, we've known this was coming since last year's announcement: PlayStation Home is no longer as of yesterday.
The virtual social hangout for PlayStation fans that began in 2008 officially closed its doors on March 31. Initially revealed at the Game Developers Conference in 2007, it was billed as a free, "Second Life-style" virtual environment where you could run around as an avatar and interact with fellow gamers. You could purchase and decorate your own apartment, explore various parts of Home (some PlayStation exclusive titles had dedicated areas), play games, and just mingle.
And while millions visited, and there was a re-launch in 2011, it just never reached its full potential. The idea may have been sound but I was saying it from the beginning: If gamers sit down and turn their consoles on, it's to play a game. It might be to watch a movie or something else, but I think Home was always low on the priority list.
PSX Extreme even did a few shows for their theater, which was sort of fun but required a lot of time and effort on a shoestring budget. At any rate, Home was an interesting experiment, don't you think?
4/1/2015 11:29:00 AM Ben Dutka